Applying for a Master Licence

Any business that engages in security activities must hold a Master Licence.

  • Master Licences cannot be transferred.

To qualify for a Master Licence you must:

  • Satisfy stringent integrity requirements in relation to the nominated licence holder and close associates of the business.
  • Declare details of close associates who have a financial or other interest in your business.

Close Associates:

A Close Associate is a person who:

  • Holds or will hold any relevant financial interest in the business (ie. any share in the capital or any entitlement to receive income from the business).
  • Currently is, or will be, entitled to exercise any relevant power in the business (ie. exercising any managerial influence in the running of the business).

* Advice in relation to the scope of this requirement may be obtained by contacting the Security Licensing & Enforcement Directorate.

To apply for a Master Licence you must:

  • Obtain and complete an 'Application for a Master Licence' (P641, P642 or P643 form). Applications can be obtained from the Security Licensing & Enforcement Directorate or downloaded from this site.
  • Provide your Australian Business Number (MANDATORY) and a copy of your Business and Company Registration Certificate (unless you are a Sole Trader and do not trade under a business name). *NOTE: Corporations and Government Agencies operating under a business name must be shown as the proprietor on the Certificate of Registration of Business Name.
  • Provide particulars of all close associates.
  • Provide evidence of Australian work rights.
  • Include payment of the full licence fee either by cheque, money order or credit card (Visa or MasterCard).
  • Post the application to the Security Licensing & Enforcement Directorate. (NB. The SLED does not have counter facilities. All applications must be sent by mail. Faxed or e-mail applications will not be accepted).
  • When your application is received, you will be required to attend a Police Station to have your fingerprints taken.
  • When your application is approved a certificate style, paper licence will be sent to you by mail.

It is an offence under Section 33(2) of the Security Industry Act to knowingly make any representation or statement in an application that is false or misleading. This offence carries a maximum penalty of $5500. The licence application will also be refused.

Applying for a Class 1 or Class 2 Security Licence

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